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What Is The Strongest Otc Pain Medicine To Take
None: There is no good answer. The choice of medication is dependent upon cause, type, severity of pain. I personally do not feel it is a good idea to take otc pain meds except for minor problems such as menstrual cramps and common mild headaches. If you are requiring frequent otc pain meds, find out what is wrong. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NSAID's & Tylenol (acetaminophen): Nsaid's stand for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which help reduce pain via decreasing concentration of inflammatory markers. Tyelnol has been used as a pain killer for a very long time but seems to do a better job at reducing fever. Otc these oral medications are your best options. Topical drugs that are applied to skin such as biofreeze have been helpful as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The answer to this question depends on why you are asking. Obviously the number of pills you take will define the dose, or strength. Be cautioned however that almost all medications have side effects, many of which, given a high enough dose or a long enough exposure period, can be health harmful. Also do not mask pain but rather find the source and treat appropiately. ...Read more
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What is the best medicine to help/relieve arthritis in the knees? Is there an over-the-counter medicine or a perscription medicine?
Varies: There is not really a single best medication and every medication has its own potential risk. NSAIDs such as Advil or alleve are traditionally tried first if not contraindicated and are over the counter. There are much more powerful medications if it does not respond to the simpler things. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Teething: the best medication is Acetaminophen in appropriate doses and only when the teething is causing excess discomfort. Keep in mind that teething is an ongoing process and not always the only case of discomfort. Teething doses not cause fever or a runny nose. If your baby seems in too much pain, take him/her to see your pediatrician to be sure that is all that is the problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the best over-the-counter medicine (tylenol, alieve etc.) for shingle pain that will not cause stach upset?
Tylenol, (acetaminophen) but...: Shingles pain can be extreme. Years ago, david letterman had it so severe that he couldn't do his show for like a month or more. If you have shingles, go to your doctor because there are other medications you can take that will minimize the duration of the outbreak and can reduce the inflammation and "post-herpetic neuralgia" (permanent pain associated with herpes!). ...Read more
ASK YOUR SURGEON: After a tonsillectomy, or any surgery, there is concern about bleeding. Over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medicines like advil, motrin, aleve, ibuprofen, Naproxen can increase your bleeding risk by making your blood a little less sticky. Tylenol (acetaminophen) won't affect your bleeding this way. You should really discuss your pain with your surgeon. Everybody has a different pain tolerance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptom control: The best route is to focus on the symptom(s) most bothersome for you. Acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen are best for fever, chills and muscle aches/pain. Guaifenesin thins mucus secretions to allow you to cough up the "junkiness," whereas dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Stimulants like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) dry up nasal/eye secretions. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. ...Read more
Knee sprain: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them. In that situation can consider acetaminophen. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hydrocodone: There is no such thing as "the best medicine". Medications are always selected by doctors based on their evaluation and assessment of the problem. Medication treatment is then tailored to this. Also doctors will dose according to the end they want to have. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SORE throat suggest: Hydrate, lozenges especially cepacol which has mild anesthetic properties, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, throat coat tea are suggestions. Gargle with warm salt water with a dissolved Aspirin in it. If fever, large lymph glands, or infected looking tonsils then get culture for strep. ...Read more
We call these NSAIDs: Aleve, advil and Motrin are the most popular brand names (ibuprofen and naproxen, the generics) and each works well. Aleve is the easiest to use since you take one twice a day but that doesn't make it better. Different people metabolize the active ingredients slightly differently and so find they have a preference. See which you like best. See a doctor if you need any for more than a week. ...Read more
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